Rather than capture the memories of her microadventures on camera, Serene Kitchen opts for the more traditional medium of paper and pencil. The results are beautiful illustrations that breathe a whole new life into storytelling. Here she shares the story of her overnight cycling adventure…

Highlights

  • Iconic 40 km recreation trail
  • Good mix of wild and urban
  • Do it without a tent and sleep under the stars!

After a long Victorian winter where it was so cold that I could see my breath inside my house, I was excited to organise my first spring overnight microadventure for the upcoming long weekend. The most frustrating part about the trip was that it had to accommodate our two adventurers hospitality jobs and for the weather not to be schizophrenic. The Lilydale to Warburton Trail was perfect as it was an unexplored area to most of us, had a dedicated trail for bikes and urban enough for public electric BBQ (this meant less cooking gear and guaranteed hot meals).

Warburton Serene Kitchen

This trip worked out to be more luxurious than our earlier trips as we ate out for dinner and brunch. It cost $35 per person and a metro train fare to get to Lilydale and back. For the extreme budget traveller, there were plenty of grocers open during the weekend and heck, if you wanted to, you could cycle all the way to and from home! I thoroughly recommend anyone to do this microadventure as it’s easy yet epic.

Warburton Serene Kitchen

Do it with a tent or without as the latter means that wildlife can come up real close as seen in my illustration. I’m not too sure how I’ll feel about that once snake season is in full force. This is Australia after all!

The Explorer and Illustrator /// Serene Kitchen

The Explorer and Illustrator /// Serene Kitchen